Month: December 2016

What does Apple Music really aim to?

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The New York Times recently published an interview with Apple Music executives Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson. During the interview, the executives discussed where Apple Music’s position is in the current music landscape. “We have no interest in being a label,” says Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine. “But we do have interest in making our platform the one that’s best to communicate with the audiences.”

Apple Music is known to the public for streaming tunes. But the whole platform is much bigger than that. By explaining to artists that Apple Music is also about marketing an artist, the service has been able to score exclusives on albums that eventually went on to top the charts. The part of the streaming service that the public doesn’t notice is the part that sponsored Drake’s 60-city tour this past summer, along with his promotional movie  “Please Forgive Me.” The latter remains an exclusive for Apple.

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While it is easy for the media to focus on how quickly Apple Music has added subscribers, the most impressive thing Apple has done is to cultivate a relationship with musicians who have capitalized on Apple’s marketing prowess and technological strengths. Whether Apple planned this in advance, or stumbled onto this template, is not so important. By pointing to the success Apple Music has had with albums from Travis Scott, Future and DJ Khaled (all three debuted as number one on Billboard as exclusives to Apple Music), Apple can tell up and coming artists that this could happen to them if they give Apple Music an exclusive and allow them to promote their work.

“We have real understanding of what these artists are trying to accomplish both aesthetically and commercially. We’re really getting there in merging these cultures — tech and the arts. And we’re trying to prove that we are the best place for an artist to fulfill their vision.”-Jimmy Iovine, executive, Apple Music
If Apple does eventually overtake rival streamer Spotify, offering exclusives and getting in tight with the talent is how it will have to be done. Spotify already has 95 million users with 55 million using its ad-based free tier. While Apple does offer a one-time three-month free trial, it does not have a free level of service. Apple Music has 17 million subscribers at last count, and may never catch up unless it can continue to provide users with early access to music that Spotify can’t play. For that to happen, Apple Music will have to continue focusing on its relationships with musicians and not pay attention to head count for another 24 months. At that point, it should take a breath to see how this strategy is working in relation to Spotify.

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source: NYTimes

 

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Top 5 big and popular Streaming Music Services

Music is so important to us. When you are happy, you like some happy music. When you are sad, you will also need some music.

Where to listen to the music, the streaming Music services will be a good choice.

Here collect the top 5 big and popular streaming music services, and you will find one you like.

Spotify

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Spotify is slowly but surely becoming the most popular subscription-based music streaming service worldwide that offers users unlimited access and streaming limits to an extremely wide variety of audio tracks, artists, genres, albums and playlists. With a free account, you can play any artist, album or playlist on shuffle for free.

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All you need to do is sign up and start using it from the web, desktop application or mobile apps. You can use Spotify freely for however long you want, but if you want to listen to specific tracks any time or build more complex playlists for yourself, you’ll need to upgrade to a premium account.

Google Play Music

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Google Play Music offers more music than you’d ever imagine in any genre that you want and by practically any artist or band that has ever existed. There are also tons of pre-built playlists that are suggested to you based on the date and time, taking into account activities you might be doing or holidays that are coming up. You can even upload and sync up to 50,000 tracks from your own music collection.

The one major downside is that Google Play Music is loaded with ads. As long as you stick with the free version, be prepared to sit through lots of long commercials between songs.

Pandora

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Pandora is “free personalized radio that only plays music you’ll love,” and at the moment it’s only available for listeners in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. The Pandora “Music Genome Project” involved analyzing over 450 qualities of individual songs to produce an advanced algorithm that seeks to help users discover the music that fits their styles and tastes as accurately as possible.

You can create up to 100 unique stations and tweak them as you listen. There’s also an upgrade you can make, called Pandora One, which takes away the ads, offers higher listening quality, adds desktop applications, provides different custom skin choices and minimizes interruptions while you’re enjoying music.

Apple Music

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Apple Music is a full-fledged subscription streaming music service that compares favorably with other top cloud music services such as Spotify, Pandora Radio, etc. It has excellent mobile support and also has good music discovery options.

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Rather than relying solely on algorithms to suggest new music, the service also extensively uses expert-curated playlists to serve up suggestions.

Amazon Music Unlimited

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Amazon Music Unlimited is a premium music subscription service featuring tens of millions of songs and thousands of expert-programmed playlists and stations. With Amazon Music Unlimited, you can listen to any song, anytime, anywhere, on all your devices – smartphone, tablet, PC/Mac, Fire TV, and Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo.

Tens of millions of songs with new releases from today’s most popular artists. Listen ad-free with unlimited skips. Download for offline listening.

Some sources from https://www.lifewire.com/best-online-music-services-for-streaming-songs-2438823

How to download MP3 from Apple Music

As a streaming service, the songs downloaded from Apple Music can only work during the time you subscribe the Apple Music. After you cancel the Apple Music subscription, even you have downloaded the music songs, you can’t play them because of the DRM.

Because of the DRM, you can’t play the Apple Music on your MP3 player, or burn them to CD and so on.

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Here we will talk a solution to download MP3 format from Apple Music.

What you need to do is just download the Apple Music songs you want to convert, and then use Macsome iTunes Converter to do the other things.

Quick Guide to use the iTunes Converter to help you get Apple Music MP3 files

First, go to download and install the iTunes Converter on your PC, run it.

If you are a Mac user, please download the iTunes Converter for Mac version.

Second, click the button Add, you can choose the different iTunes library to add the audio files to convert.

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Third, click Setting button to set the output format and output path before the conversion as your need.

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Finally, click the Convert button to start converting.

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Now when it finished the conversion, you can play the unprotected MP3 music songs wherever as you like.

AudioConvertertips: How to convert Audiobook AAX to MP3 on Mac

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You know that all purchased Audiobooks are AA or AAX protected formats. There are full with limitations that you can’t play or listen to Audiobooks on any devices as you like.

If you want to listen to them on a new audio player, you will find it won’t work unless you can authorize them at first.

Have you ever thought of converting these AAX audiobooks to MP3 format, and then you can play these converted MP3 audiobooks without limitation any longer?

You can try  Macsome Audio Book Converter , which can convert kinds of iTunes AA / AAX AudioBooks to MP3, AAC format, and split these big audiobooks to small pieces with chapter kept.

Step-by-step guide to convert AAX to MP3 format.

If you have purchased one Audiobook, make sure that you have authorized it to your computer.

Step 1, go to free download the latest version of Macsome Audio Book Converter,  and then install and run it. The software will load all the playable audiobooks from the iTunes Books library automatically.

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Step 2. Click Profile button and select the required profile in Output File Format drop-down list. You can also click the Macsome AudioBook Converter menu and select Preferences to customize the Output Settings by clicking Choose… to set the destination.

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Step 4. Click the Convert button and then the selected files will be listed in the window that pops up. And the Status will keep updating the status of the files until that the conversion finished.

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After the conversion is done, you can play the converted MP3 or AAC files wherever you like.

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Christmas is coming, which music is your favorite for Xmas

Here collect some classic Christmas songs, you will find one to your taste and like it. If it is necessary, i will show the order link.

‘White Christmas’ – Bing Crosby

'White Christmas' – Bing Crosby

It can be easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas. But, when you’re nogged out of your mind this year, try and picture a stable, with animals, shepherds, Santa, Cliff Richard. Look, here’s Jimmy Stewart from ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, Twiggy from the M&S adverts and, er… Mr Blobby. The truth is the power of Christmas nostalgia itself is greater than the real memories. Hence, all of us can hark back with Bing on this Irving Berlin-penned ’40s number to a white Christmas just like the ones we used to know, even if our true past is full of crushing disappointments (December 25, 1993 – no Hornby train set). It’s a feeling that is tenuous and transient, yes, but also entirely wonderful.

‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ – Mariah Carey

All I Want For Christmas Is You

It’s not the best-selling Christmas anthem (that’s Bing at number five) and heck, it didn’t even make it to Number One in the UK, but Mariah tops our list of the greatest ever festive songs for one good reason – it’s catchier than a Christmas cold. Originally released in 1994, this selfless plea to be with a loved one has everything: sleigh bells, pop hooks, the right balance of schmaltz and soul, and uplifting vibes strong enough to launch a jump-jet.

‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ – Slade

'Merry Xmas Everybody' – Slade

Noddy Holder and his troupe of platform-wearers continue to blight our television screens each December with their frightening fashion sense. There’s a reason for that, of course. It’s the joyful simplicity of 1973’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’, which is guaranteed to inject that euphoric, slightly drunken, Christmas-love vibe into the festive season.

‘Santa Claus’ – The Sonics

'Santa Claus' – The Sonics

This super-charged ’60s garage rock tune reveals Santa for the nihilistic, no-nonsense ball-breaker he truly is. Lead singer Gerry Roslie drawls a list of Christmas requests (including a ‘twangy guitar’ and ‘cute little honey’). To which Santa responds: ‘Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing’. What a badman.

‘Must Be Santa’ – Bob Dylan

'Must Be Santa' – Bob Dylan

The 2009 release of Bob Dylan’s festive charity album, ‘Christmas In The Heart’, was somewhat puzzling – but the song and accompanying video for ‘It Must Be Santa’ proved that it was all just good fun for a good cause. A rip-roaring, bellows-pumping, call and response number, it’s made all the more entertaining for hearing such gleeful lyrics sung in that trademark 40-a-day snarl.

Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

Following its release in 1957, this rockabilly ditty topped the Christmas charts five years in a row, making it a veritable holiday classic even by the early ’60s. Today it retains a towering presence in the Christmas canon, as synonymous with the holiday as tinsel and paper crowns.

‘River’ – Joni Mitchell

'River' – Joni Mitchell

Right from the opening piano chords (‘Jingle Bells’ gone bittersweet) you know this is going to be a Christmas song with a difference. ‘Tis the season, but Joni’s feeling blue: she’s lost her baby (maybe Graham Nash) and all she wants to do is skate away, but that’s not easy when you’re spending Christmas in sunny California. It’s as painful and pitiful as anything she ever recorded. Happy Christmas?

‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ – Paul McCartney

Good old Macca. Whereas Lennon could be relied upon to make impressive political statements (when he wasn’t laying about in bed all day), McCartney is the master of the charmingly naïve pop opus. This little ditty isn’t going to shake up your festive paradigm, but it won’t half stick in your head.

‘Last Christmas’ – Wham!

'Last Christmas' – Wham!

There are so many winning elements to Wham!’s 1984 smash that its status as a solid gold Christmas staple – covered by such diverse talents as Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Crazy Frog – is forever guaranteed. A ballad of doomed romance, it features sleighbells and synths, plus some truly memorable knitwear in the video. But what really sets ‘Last Christmas’ apart is George Michael’s heart-on-sleeve delivery: his genuine heartbreak horror (‘My God! I thought you were someone to rely on’) and wistful, sexy whispers. The words ‘Merry Christmas’ never sounded so sultry. And that’s what makes this song so very special (special).

‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ – Darlene Love

'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' – Darlene Love

This song is cursed. It entered the world in 1963 (as part of ‘A Christmas Gift for You’) the same day that President Kennedy left it, and was withdrawn soon after. Years later, its producer Phil Spector was convicted of murder. Still feeling festive? Despite the horrific associations, it’s impossible to keep your cockles cool once this galloping soulful sleigh ride gets going. In typical Spector style, ‘Christmas’ is the sound of a huge group of people singing and playing their hearts out in one take. It radiates fellowship, community and togetherness and still manages to shine brighter than the star of Bethlehem.

Source from: http://macsome.com/news/christmas-classic-songs.html

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Apple Music’s latest exclusive – 808: The Movie

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Apple was clear from the jump that it had bigger plans for its streaming service than just audio. Today, the Apple Music subscribers get an exclusive look a music-focused documentary: 808: The Movie. We first learned about the film that chronicles the history of the iconic 1980s drum machine back in 2014 and it was set to hit theaters last year. It debuted at SXSW in 2015, but had yet to see a wider release.

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808: The Film is directed by Alexander Dunn with You Know Studios and Atlantic Records’ own Atlantic Films teaming up for the production. Narrated by Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, the film takes a deep dive into music history with commentary from Afrika Bambaataa, Beastie Boys, Questlove, Rick Rubin, Lil Jon, Diplo, Phil Collins and many others. As you might expect, there’s also a soundtrack on which some of those names make a second appearance. Both the film and its audio counterpart are streaming on Apple Music starting today.

If you’re not an Apple Music subscriber, the documentary is available for pre-order on iTunes for $17 and is slated to release on December 16th. Vinyl versions of the soundtrack and several other bundle options are also available from the Warner Music Store. For a brief look at what you can expect from the full-length film, watch the official trailer down below. Meanwhile, that Cash Money documentary that was supposed to stream on Apple Music this fall has yet to be released.

Source from: https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/09/apple-music-808-the-movie-now-streaming/

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Apple Music attracts 20 million subscribers in 18 months

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Apple Music is continuing to pick up subscribers at a strong pace, as the company confirms to Billboard that the streaming service has crossed the milestone of 20 million paying subscribers. Apple said it had 17 million subscribers three months ago, 13 million in April, and 11 million in February. Spotify is still significantly ahead with over 40 million users, but Apple Music has only been available for a year and a half.

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Over 50 percent of Apple Music users are outside the US, and over 60 percent of them haven’t bought anything on the iTunes store in 12 months or more; Apple services SVP Eddy Cue says that “the vast majority are new customers.” Apple Music saw a major revamp alongside iOS 10 this fall.

“Of course we want more and we want it to go faster — we’re hungry!” Cue adds. “We can’t forget that, as an industry, we still have very few music subscribers. There are billions of people listening to music and we haven’t even hit 100 million subscribers. There’s a lot of growth opportunity.”

Source from: http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/6/13864294/apple-music-subscriber-number-eddy-cue

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